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Die MS… Wait! What?

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We need a trusted public broadcaster because national identity is incredibly important and no longer do people trust New Zealand television or New Zealand radio.”**

I’ve been running the Die MSM, Die series since I started writing for No Minister and the list of failure to accurately report the news – due to shallowness, stupidity, ignorance and ideology is endless.

And that’s when they’re not just outright lying.

So it’s nice, to say the least, when you see an example of an MSM reporter who goes after a story with The Narrative already set in her mind – and then changing her mind when she discovers the facts say otherwise.

If you’re not familiar with the name J.K.Rowling then you’ve somehow been very isolated from modern culture over the last twenty five years.

Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter stories, an astonishingly successful series of best selling books for young adults which covers the high-school life of the eponymous hero, a young boy who discovers, on his 11th birthday, that he is actually a wizard.

The books have sold half a billion copies since the first volume in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, (twelve publishers rejected it before Bloomsbury took it on). That first book alone has sold 120 million copies, making it one of the most successful books in history.

The film series that followed has been just as successful. The whole franchise is estimated to be worth about $US 25 billion.

Obviously this has made Rowling very rich and somewhat famous, with years of speaking invitations. She was viewed as a heroine for the oppressed (most of the characters of the books are in some way or another) and much was made of her feminism, even though that’s not much apparent in the books – although it’s there in a Feminist 1.0 form of witches being accorded very much equal space in their world. She was viewed as being on the Left and in many respects she is – although her take on the bureaucracy and an over-powering State, via her imaginary Ministry of Magic in the books, would warm the cockles of any anti-Establishment citizen.

However, in the last few years something has gone terribly wrong as it became clear that Rowling was so much a feminist that she had little time for the new, aggressive attitudes of the modern Trans community, especially the male-to-female ones who insist that they actually are woman just because they think so (even without the drugs and surgery). Rowling, like most people, was happy to be tolerant of the Trans community for years – up to a point, that point being males who were clearly using it as a cover to abuse females in all sorts of ways.

To say that she is now hated by the Trans community is an understatement. She’s been deemed a TERF (Trans-Exclusionary-Radical-Feminist) and for that has received countless death threats and threats of violence, as well as Hollywood actually not inviting her to the 20th anniversary of the first film’s release. There have been plenty of other de-platforming efforts as well, many of them sadly successful,

Through all of this Rowling has maintained a happy warrior attitude: not getting nasty, keeping a sense of humour and not backing down to the worst of the Trans assholes attacking her.

Still, even for a multi-millionaire, it’s got to be pretty wearing, especially when the MSM is also going into bat for what they think is the Latest Leftist Cause. Rowling has had almost no backing in the MSM of the Western world, with what little existed painfully trying to explain away the nasty excesses of the Trans community.

So it’s with no little measure of astonishment that I recently read the following:

Huffington Post and Pride.com writer E. J. Rosetta was like many left-leaning writers. If you said the name of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, she would probably look like she just smelled something awful and begin ranting and raving about the transphobia that the much-despised woman represents.

Rosetta was ready to bring the axe down on Rowling’s neck with an article titled “20 Transphobic JK Rowling Quotes We’re Done With.” The article, as you can guess, was meant to explore the horrific transphobia of the Potterworld author, further damning her to a life of social exclusion and cancelation.

Only something went wrong. Rosetta did something that the left hasn’t seen in a long, long time…journalism. As she posted in a Twitter thread that’s worth reading in its entirety, the HuffPo writer began with the goal of vengeance and by the end of her research she easily concluded that everyone is “burning the wrong witch.”

“Right, I’m done,” she began. “3 months ago, I was tasked with writing an article detailing “20 Transphobic JK Rowling Quotes We’re Done With” After 12 weeks of reading her books, tweets, full essay & finding the context of these “quotes”, I’ve not found a single truly transphobic message.”

Holy shit! I can’t imagine that this is going down well with her fellow scribes. I can actually see Rosetta getting dumped and shunned into the same bucket as Rowling, such is the power of the Cancel Kulture at work on the Left for this issue (funnily enough it has many of the elements of the various Witch trials in history, as I’d bet Rowling has amused herself in knowing). As Rosetta says of her group:

“Shame on those who have framed her under the guise of “reporting” when you must know, deep down, you are just chucking out clickbait & stirring up hate,” she wrote. “Shame on those who followed that propaganda without critical thought. You’re burning the wrong witch. I stand with [Rowling].”

Oh dear. Kudos to at least one member of the MSM – but she’s about to discover that her side does not suffer from shame or embarrassment. They destroy with consciences cleansed by the burning fire of the will to power.

** I put in Willie Jackson’s quote from a Parliamentary debate the other day on the merging of TVNZ and RNZ because the cognitive dissonance on display is awesome to witness;  reverse the population’s growing mistrust in the NZ media by merging two untrusted broadcasters.

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This is also an excellent read on the same issue, How did I, a mild-mannered mother-of-two, trigger a meltdown at Cambridge University by daring to debate trans issues:

The answer is simple: I wrote a book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, which was published in July 2021.

The idea behind the book is also simple: biological sex is fixed, it is binary. And transgender ideology — which replaces sex with subjective claims of ‘gender identity’ in law and policies — does serious harm.

To anyone not blinded by this dogma, the argument is obvious. You cannot let men claim to be women just because they feel like it and thereby gain entry to women’s toilets, women’s changing rooms, women’s refuges, women’s jails. It puts women at increased risk of male violence. It is not acceptable.

I haven’t always been so worked-up about all this. Until four years ago, I thought ‘trans rights’ were compassionate concessions for a tiny, suffering minority, people so ill at ease with their sex that they sought hormones and surgery to change it.

But then a chance remark by a colleague at The Economist, the magazine where I work, inspired me to look more closely.

And what I discovered was this: during the past two decades, ‘trans rights’ have morphed into a totalitarian project the aim of which is to make the very concept of biological sex unsayable.

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Die MSM, Die – The lying list

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An ongoing updated reference list

Technically a lie occurs when you say something that you know is not true. By that definition the MSM is not “lying” in most of the following cases.

No, they simply decided on a narrative and never bothered digging any further to see if it was true or not – and the best lie is the half-truth.

Or perhaps the best lie is simply burying the story under the guise of editorial discretion.

The following list is hardly comprehensive, which makes it appalling in its own right.

Nov 2022 – The LGBTQ nightclub shootings, Paul Pelosi attack, and Jennifer Ruth Green.

A quick summary of previous MSM lies:

General Collections of lies:

March 2021 – Georgia “Find the fraud”

The Jan 6 Insurrection

Afghanistan

The Steele Dossier

Hits on other GOP figures:

June 2021: The Lafayette park Riot, Police Action and Trump.

Black Lives Matter coverage

Written by Tom Hunter

November 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Die MSM, Die – Recent Lies revealed

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A few days ago a guy shot up an LGBT nightclub, killing five people. The US MSM immediately went apeshit, blaming the Republican’s fights against Trans “education” of little kids in schools for creating the Atmosphere Of Hate™ that triggered this Tucker-Carlson-watching-Trump-voting-ULTRA-MAGA man to commit his dreadful crimes.

One of the harshest MSM “journalists” on this narrative was the NBC’s Ben Collins.

And then the Narrative fell apart when the charge sheets were released and it was discovered that the guy insisted on They/Them pronouns.

Yeah. He’s Trans. And all of sudden the message had to be changed, with Ben Collins leading the way in explaining how the guy had been bullied by “Edge Lords” online a few years ago and had finally snapped, etc, etc. This bullshit was summed up perfectly here by Miller’s Tweet.

That’s the extent of their “news gathering.” They’re just Twitter partisans offering up the most repugnantly ignorant and tribalistic twitter hot takes, except instead of just pumping them out on Twitter, the “news” organisations put their Hot Twitter Takes right on television and call them “disinformation reporting.” I’m sure they love Gays Against Groomers.

Local reporters did the work. Amazing how often that has been the case with the US MSM in recent years. But this is true of 100% of these assholes in the new really fake news fields of “fact checking,” “social media coverage,” and “disinformation.” Even in a general field of fake news, these guys stand out as really really fake news. They do no reporting. They do no interviews. Oh wait! No, they’ll send you a nasty DM demanding comment five minutes before the hit piece they’ve written on you goes to print. (Or a couple hours after, in the case of Taylor Lorenz.)

As far as the blame game is concerned you have actually heard all this before:

By mid-afternoon, a graphic with crosshairs “targeting” Democrat districts was shown on CNN, MSNBC, Huffington Post DailyKos, and dozens of other shows and internet sites about every 30 seconds. The map, they loudly claimed, was definitive proof that Sarah Palin’s PAC map had incited Loughner. Palin was to blame. The right was to blame. All Republicans were to blame. By nightfall, the torches were lit and the pitchforks were out. The mob was collectively screaming for blood; the mob wanted Palin’s head on a pike.

That myth, that Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs map” caused that 2011 shooting, has become legend in the same manner of “Hands up, Don’t shoot” or George Floyd has done. Lefties just automatically believe it – and their MSM is worse.

Of course, only a couple of weeks ago there had been a similar story when Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, got hit over the head with a hammer by some weird guy who turned up at his house in San Francisco. In this case it may have had more of a political effect since it happened just before the Mid-Term elections. A brief summary of the MSM takes:

Over on The Daily Blog, good old one-eyed GOP-Christian hating Leftist Paul Buchanan was all over these claims that the attacker was a “MAGA guy. A clear MAGA QAnon guy. The full works”. Sure, Trump voters and MAGA supporters are often found amidst nudist protesters who live in leftwing communes in San Francisco, decked out in BLM signs and gay pride flags.

The bullshit got so bad that an NBC reporter in Washington D.C. got suspended when he committed the unforgivable sin of reporting that the San Francisco Police body cams showed that Pelosi had opened the door for them in a relaxed manner and then walked away from them to stand beside the guy.

Doesn’t sound like he was facing a terrifying MAGA supporter.

The story was pulled and the reporter suspended, with NBC commenting about “NBC standards” not having been followed.

And then, after the Mid-Term elections, a new report appears, courtesy of – you guessed it – another local reporter, that states exactly the same story.

“According to a source familiar with the investigation, who personally watched the police body camera footage from that night, officers knocked on the door of the Pelosi home and then backed away, and the video clearly shows Paul Pelosi open the door with his left hand, just like what was noted in the documents filed by the DA’s office.

“Now, also, as written in the DA docs, the source tells us the body cam video shows officers having a brief conversation with Pelosi and David DePape…before DePape starts beating Pelosi with a hammer.”

The local reporter, who works for a SF affiliate NBC station, has not been suspended and his story has not been pulled. But of course, the Mid-Term’s are past.

Then there is this story:

That’s Jennifer Ruth Green, a 20 veteran in the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel and now an Air Force Reservist, running in the Indiana 1st District for the GOP. She lost 52.8% to 47.2% against a white man. The following may have had something to do with this:

A few weeks ago Politico ran a hit piece on her, revealing that she had once been the victim of a sexual assault in the Air Force. Why would they reveal this? It doesn’t actually hurt her; it was a gratuitous invasion of privacy. It was the propaganda media just straight up saying, “If you cross us, we will destroy you.”

People cried foul, pointing out that this leak could have only have come from her sensitive confidential government records. Politico claimed no no no, nothing like that, this was a perfectly legal FOIA disclosure. People again said: FOIA requests do not disclose the confidential sexual assaults that military personal might have been victim of. Politico stuck to its story, claiming this was all a legal FOIA request and response.

Politico are Democrat partisan liars.

“On yesterday’s call, the Air Force took full responsibility for improperly releasing Lt. Col. Green’s confidential personnel records to an opposition research firm just weeks before the midterm election. Lt. Gen. Davis informed us that the leaker has been identified and will be held accountable.”

An opposition research firm you say?

Only two Democratic outside firms are working on the Mrvan-Green race, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has paid the Due Diligence Group more than $78,500, while the Mrvan campaign has paid Deep Dive Political Research $10,000.

As always, all this leads to the following question that was raised after the Fetterman-Oz debate revealed how bad a shape Fetterman was in.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 28, 2022 at 4:54 pm

The GOP strikes back

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In the same way that Leftists love shooting people when they can’t shoot back, they also love having the powers of investigation in their hands only.

Hence the hair-on-fire efforts on Trump, starting with the announcement by Merrick Garland, head of the Department of Justice, of a “Special Prosecutor Counsel” who’ll be taking another look at the claims that Trump stole precious security documents on his way out of the White House, as well as being involved in the great Jan 6 “Insurrection”.

The person chosen as the Special Prosecutor Counsel has an interesting history:

Smith led the corrupt prosecution of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The DOJ went to such absurd lengths to broaden the federal bribery statute to target the Republican politician that the Supreme Court eventually overturned the conviction.

“According to Mr. Pilger, the Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS could assist in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active nonprofits,” the committee wrote in a 2014 letter to DOJ. “This meeting was arranged at the direction of Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith.”

In case you’re wondering, Mr Smith was appointed as the “Public Integrity Section Chief” after his case against the GOP Governor was quashed by the Supreme Court. More failing upwards in US government. Lerner was forced to resign but she not only did not face jail time or a fine but kept her pension.

Word is that the Manhattan DA is also trying to revive the dead investigation of Trump’s “hush money” payment to Stormy Daniels:

Under Bragg’s predecessor, the district attorney’s office rejected the idea of focusing a case solely on the hush money, concluding, with the help of outside legal experts, that it would hinge on a largely untested and therefore risky legal theory. And if Bragg were to charge Trump without uncovering any new evidence or relying on a more conventional theory, he would risk having a judge or appellate court throw out the case.

Which was why Bragg booted the case when he became the DA. I guess the pressure was too much. And then these people wonder why public trust in institutions is going down. Fox News must be more powerful than I thought?

But the good news (sort of) is that with the House now won the GOP has gained it’s own powers of investigation, and it would appear that after the last few years of lawfare bloodletting they’ve developed a spine – or perhaps they’ve just realised that if they don’t use these weapons against the Democrats they’ll be at the mercy of the latter forever, and there is no mercy on the Left.

Jordan and Republicans have sought information on the FBI’s raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, alleged FISA abuse, information on domestic violent extremism cases, the Justice Department’s efforts to monitor parents at school board meetings and label them as domestic terrorists, among other issues.

Basically these are the issues they’re going after:

Moreover, they’re going after the people responsible:

  • Merrick Garland (DOJ head)
  • Christopher Wray (FBI)
  • Miguel Cardona (Education)
  • Alejandro Mayorkas (DHS) head

In the wake of the Democrat’s use of police to enforce their subpoena power, with numerous Trump supporters being arrested, even if only temporarily, I appreciated the following:

Jordan is warning both Garland and Wray that if the requests “remain outstanding” at the beginning of the next Congress, the committee “may be forced to resort to compulsory process to obtain the material we require.”

In other words there may not be a repeat of the treatment given to Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, some years ago when he refused to supply information to a Congressional investigation, found himself held in contempt on a bi-partisan vote – and …. nothing further happened. Holder effectively told Congress to go fuck themselves and laughed his way to a prosperous future outside of government at the end of Obama’s administration.

Those days may be over, but again we’ll see if The Stupid Party have learned anything or whether they’re going to just roll over and have double standards shoved up them forevermore.

Having said that I don’t expect any criminal charges to emerge from all this, any more than I do from the Trump stuff. As much as corruption and breaches of the law may have occurred the fact is that this is all political, with each side using the facts uncovered to win political points and put their opponents in a corner that makes their election tougher.

Despite some calls from the usual suspects about how these investigations may hurt the GOP…

In short: How do you know when James Comer (R) is lying? Well, if his lips are moving, it’s a sure bet.

… there’s no evidence that they ever hurt the investigating party. Two years after the Clinton impeachment (which I did not agree with) the GOP won the Presidency and Congressional investigations did not hurt the Democrats in 2008, nor the GOP in 2014 and 2016, nor the Democrats this year.

In fact, given the Democrats will be increasingly desperate to move Joe on and have him not run in 2024, they may even secretly welcome the Hunter Biden “revelations”. When even their good friends in the MSM begin to “discover” things about the Biden’s it’s an evil portent for the First Family – and no Twitter to cover it up this time which none other than CBS has declared to be “safe” for them to return to.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 22, 2022 at 9:11 am

Comedy gold

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Elon Musk restores Trumps twitter account on Biden’s 80th birthday. What a present. 😉

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November 20, 2022 at 2:09 pm

I’ve heard this before

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Based on the comments of one of the authors over at the Red State news site, Kira Davies, as she discusses the US MSM.

If Information Is King, America’s Mainstream Media Are the Court Jesters

She discusses the fear that the MSM market in constantly to keep the attention of jaded viewers, though what she’s talking about (“I’ll put on CNN or MSNBC for the day to keep an eye on them. Yes, it’s torture. I do it for you”) is really the same thing that has existed at least since the 1970’s when the phrase was coined – “If it Bleeds, It Leads” – which back then meant having murders leading every news hour.

But I was amused by another comment of hers:

I’ve never forgotten the words of Rush Limbaugh, during one of the first times I’d ever heard his radio show. I was still a liberal all those years ago. I knew I hated Rush Limbaugh. I knew he was a bigot. I knew he was ALL THE PHOBES. I knew he was irredeemable. I knew all that about him, but I didn’t even know the sound of his voice because I’d never once taken the time to listen to him personally. The media told me, and they wouldn’t lie.

By sheer accident one day she borrowed a car while doing chores around Chicago, left the radio set on the owner’s talkback station and kept missing the station/host id as she hopped in and out – all while finding herself agreeing with much of what was being said and enjoying how interesting the host was. And then….

“This is Rush Limbaugh and you’re listening to the EIB Network.”

WHAT???? I was listening to *choke, gasp, cough* RUSH LIMBAUGH??? And I liked it?  I nearly drove off the road in shock

So say we all.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 17, 2022 at 7:57 am

Which election is stolen now?

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I guess Politico has become an alternative for those wanting to read about US politics but who are no longer very trusting of the traditional MSM – especially the NYT, WaPo and the three alphabet TV channels.

Unfortunately the same sort of people who work for those latter businesses also end up working for Politico. The bias is not in the particular media but in the minds of the journalists and editors, and they carry that virus with them everywhere that they go.

In my previous post I linked to a Tucker Carlson piece from Fox News about Joe Biden’s recent speech where – among other desperate claims – he talked about how it might take days to get the final results in tomorrow’s Mid-Term elections, and that nobody should question the result if that happens.

Tucker described this as as a “bizzare” take that “did not inspire confidence” – but I think that’s the Good Will take. It struck me as dangerous. For decades Western democracies, including vast ones like the USA, had no problem in deciding elections on election night, even when they were tight.

Only in recent years has this nonsense become more common, especially in the USA, and the reason is the increased amount of mail-in voting, which has been heavily pressed by the Democrats with the claim that it increases voting participation – and hence any resistance to it, like validating that the ballot is a genuine one from the actual voter who could not come to the polling booth in person, is “voter suppression”.

Thus the Democrat anger about the Georgia election laws being tightened up by the Republicans who run the state, in the aftermath of 2020. President Biden said the new laws were so awful that they weren’t just Jim Crow 2.0 but “Jim Eagle” (clumsy metaphor to say the least). Corporates were enlisted to attack the state by moving their business out and MLB’s All Star game was shifted to 95% White Colorado. As it turns out, Black voting numbers were up in the various Georgia 2022 primary elections, and by considerable margins.

So much for “Jim Eagle”.

But one of the other amusing things that has emerged out of the last two years is that the US Left can no longer attack such claims as “conspiracy theories”, because they’ve got their own. This should have been obvious to anybody who remembered the howls about the 2000 Presidential election (“Selected, not elected”), claims about dirty work with electronic voting machines (Senior Democrat representative and power player James Clyburn) in 2004, and of course the whole “Russian interference” screamfest in the 2016 election.

Yet the Democrats and their MSM allies are so confident in their powers of propaganda that they appear to be making the claim again, in advance, and sometimes in the same breath with which they defend the 2020 election as the cleanest ever.

The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked. Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.

Or to put it another way…

Politico:
Anyone Alleging Voter Fraud in the 2020 Election the Democrats Won (LOL) With the Most Votes in History (LOL) Is a Big-Lie-Peddling Jan 6 Insurrectionist Ultra-MAGA who wants to destroy democracy .

Also Politico:
Election Fraud Is Real and the Vote Tomorrow Will Probably be #Hacked

Or to put it yet another way…. the Democrats are going to lose, badly, and Politico knows it.

Tomorrow is going to be lit.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 8, 2022 at 9:12 pm

No, Sorry just will not be enough

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Outrageous, look at the spike. These people need to pay for the damage they have caused. According to the article they never tested any impact on pregnancy. We have been subject to mass formation psychosis. Note that it is a record of events reported to the Vaccine Adverse events database established in 1990, not a total of all miscarriages.

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November 3, 2022 at 7:25 pm

I’m shocked, shocked, to find this out about Ballot Harvesting

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“A new, fully updated edition of Steal This Vote—a rollicking history of American democracy showing that electoral fraud is as American as apple pie

That was the rave about a book written in 2016 by a Guardian journalist living in America. Naturally it’s not as promoted now as it was since it’s very, very important to not say such things about the US 2020 election – even by the Brave Lefties of The Guardian (or perhaps especially by them)

Funny that.

The big joke about ballot harvesting – designating people to go out and collect voter’s ballots and get them delivered to the polling booths – is that it’s been legalised for years now in California and has spread to other states.

As you can easily see, it’s a system that’s begging to be corrupted by the simple act of handing your ballot over to another person to deliver. So much for the secret ballot.

Oh, of course if you accept that the person taking your ballot – sealed in an envelope – won’t break it open and substitute their own, then it’s all good, at least from your point of view:

“In rare circumstances, if the voter has filled out the ballot and sealed the envelope certificate, the ballot broker will take the ballot and then steam open the sealed envelope,” the affidavit added. “The ballot broker will either correct any votes, if necessary, that were not voted according to their wishes or just throw them out.”

More on that in a bit

Even before that little bit of trust, there’s the question of the ballot harvester having control over more than just the act of collecting a completed ballot from a person who is fully compos mentis. It’s like the old joke about who watches the spies who watch our enemies (and us).

A Wisconsin investigation unmasked a sophisticated ballot harvesting effort targeting vulnerable nursing home patients in communities like Racine, Wisc.

Nursing homes you say?

I first had suspicions about the practice when the California Democrats passed a law called AB 1921 in 2016. They have super-majorities in the CA House and Senate, which means they can pass any law they like even if the Governor is Republican; they can override the Governor veto, but that’s moot because the governors have been Democrat for years now.

Before the law was passed, only a family member or a member of the household was authorized to deliver a ballot on behalf of a registered voter. But AB 1921 relaxed that rule, allowing others — including canvassers, campaign workers and anyone else — to solicit voters to fill out ballots and deliver them.

And then in 2018 a number of House seat elections in California switched to the Democrats after the GOP members held healthy leads on election night – only to see those leads vanish with overnight counting of mailed ballots.

Sound familiar?

Naturally because that link is to the Democrat Operatives With Bylines, the LA Times, they’re adamant – ADAMANT – that no cheating occurred with the process in the 2018 elections, even though they admit that the 2016 law “does open the door to coercion and fraud and should be fixed or repealed before the next election” – and then go on to describe how it was abused in a Democrat primary election:

In the final weeks of the race, complaints surfaced about aggressive campaign workers pressuring voters to hand over ballots on behalf of Wendy Carrillo, who ultimately won the race.

But that could never happen in a general election amirite? Do these MSM journalists even listen to themselves?

The scam and all its excuses has finally started to unravel, not in California, but in Florida, where a Democrat whistleblower has unloaded:

Former Orange County Commissioner candidate Cynthia Harris filed a sworn affidavit in late August with the Secretary of State’s office alleging that illegal operations to collect third-party ballots have been going on for years in the Orlando area where voting activists are paid $10 for each ballot they collect.

She described an intricate system funded by liberal leaning organizations that dispatch ballot brokers into black communities to pressure voters to turn over their ballots. The $10 fee per ballot is divvied up among the parties who help complete the harvesting.

No! Really? Tell me more. And let’s not ascribe any decency to the whistleblower; as with Deep Throat this revelation is all about personal loss:

Harris, who narrowly lost her election for county commissioner in August, described to Just the News her years-long knowledge of ballot harvesting in the black communities in central Florida. She even recorded a ballot broker coming to her home in 2017 to collect her ballot, and obtained the script that harvester was given by her bosses to make the pitch for a voter to turn over their ballot.

Yes, well, “oft evil will shall evil mar“.

As a result of this Florida Democrat’s sworn admissions, DeSantis’s new election crimes unit has recommended state police open a full criminal investigation into the whole scheme in Florida.

Recall that the claims of corruption in the 2020 Presidential election – in key swing states controlled by local Democrats – made famous by the research of the conservative watchdog group True the Vote and a documentary released earlier this year by filmmaker Dinesh D’Sousa called “2,000 Mules.”, were dismissed as “conspiracy theories” and then understand what’s going on here according to the admissions of a Democrat County Commissioner.

Democrat ballot harvesters either pick up blank ballots and fill them out “right,” or they pick up already filled out ballots – but they throw away the ballots for the “wrong” candidates, or steam open the envelopes to “correct” them so they are votes for the “right” candidate.

$10 per ballot in Black communities. Ballots just picked up in nursing homes.

Common practice in the Florida Democrat machine.

What are the odds against the Democrat machines across the USA not doing the same?

Written by Tom Hunter

October 31, 2022 at 6:00 am

Why was Fetterman not pulled?

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In a previous post I looked at the disaster of a debate for the Democrat Senate Candidate for Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, whose cognitive problems from a stroke were finally made obvious.

How did it come to this? Fetterman had the stroke a week before the Democrat Primary vote and it’s been obvious that he’s not been the same since. In former days a candidate with these problems would have been told by the upper echelons of the Democrat Party that he needed to quit, winner or not. But the smoke-filled rooms of yore have been steadily replaced by the will of the Party voter since the upsets of 1968 – although Bernie Sanders would strongly disagree after his treatment in the 2016 and 2020 primaries. Jeff Goldstein had an even more cynical take:

Revealing though that is [from The Hill’s “Rising” co-anchor Briahna Joy Gray], given that most commentators would be reluctant to so candidly say the quiet part out loud — in this case, that clear and recognizable brain damage doesn’t disqualify one from the US Senate, because even a monkey can be trained to pull the proper partisan lever

John Fetterman – and Lump

However I think there are two equally powerful reasons why he has not been pulled by the DSCC.

First, the Democrats had already got away with running a brain-dead candidate (though not quite as bad) in 2020, with Joe Biden being hidden in the basement for his entire campaign (the Chinese Lung Rot pandemic was literally a once-in-a-century excuse) They must have thought they could do it again, and of course with Pennsylvania Democrats having turned election day into election season, there will have been thousands of votes cast by people who have no idea he’s this far gone (which is, of course, the point of both early voting and late debates).

But the second reason I think is more important, in that you can only pull off the first one if the MSM, especially the National MSM based in Washington D.C. gives you air cover by either not investigating such things or even outright helping the Democrats cover up bad things about their candidate. They did that for Biden. They do it for almost all Democrat candidates. As National Review (not my most fave magazine nowadays) put it:

Allow me to offer a controversial theory: A lot of Democratic Party candidates and strategists have bad judgment because they’ve grown used to a usually friendly media bailing them out of the consequences of their bad decisions. In light of last night, the decision-making of Fetterman and his campaign seems absurd — as MBD aptly summarized, “John Fetterman should not have been on a debate stage tonight. He should be at home, recovering from his stroke.”

A campaign does not attempt to fool people into believing that a severe-stroke victim is fine unless it’s convinced that the overwhelming majority of media in the state will be its ally and abandon their traditional role as watchdogs. The people around Fetterman are off their rockers, stupid, or both.

They tried to scare off the Republicans from touching the obvious subject, The Reputations Ruined by the Pennsylvania Senate Debate:

Even GOP Senatorial nominee Mehmet Oz “has decided to go there,” wrote Politico in an effort to suggest the issue is beyond the pale. The implication was clear: To press too hard for details about the candidate’s health concerns only served the GOP’s interests. So those questions went unanswered.

Perhaps the worst example of how far they were willing to go was when they piled on to one of their own, NBC News reporter Dasha Burns for daring to suggest that Fetterman had difficulty with questions and struggled to understand small talk in her recent interview of him:

The Associated Press, no less, published a report on the extent to which her “comment about Fetterman draws criticism,” a reportorial endeavor that consisted almost exclusively of curating mean tweets. “This is just nonsense,” podcaster and reporter Kara Swisher said of her colleague’s observation. “Maybe this reporter is just bad at small talk.” Fetterman’s “comprehension is not at all impaired,” insisted Rebecca Traister (New York magazine),

They all now look like useful idiots — and there’s no defense for this level of partisan spin. The man can barely function, and everyone with eyes can see it.

I guess the MSM is blind then because some of them actually continued to pull this gaslighting bullshit after that debate.

To be fair a handful of MSM reporters did allow that it had been “painful to watch”, but even those were spin efforts about guts, courage and “ableism”. But as journalist Selena Zeto points out, all this just made the crash even worse, for both the candidate and the MSM:

Many of those watching had no idea how bad Fetterman’s health was, causing disbelief that no one had reported this sooner. And many were angry that Democrats and reporters knew all about it and said nothing.

With the inevitable result.

And not just from an online poll about the debate itself but standard polls:

The InsiderAdvantage poll now has Oz up by three points over Fetterman, 47.5 percent to 44.8 percent, with 3.6 percent undecided; 65.9 percent of independents preferred Oz to 22.5 percent for Fetterman. So, it looks like Oz is sewing up the independent/undecided votes, and it’s likely many in that undecided category will break toward Oz. It’s also probably higher than that, given that polls tend to underestimate Republicans and oversample Democrats.

It likely has not fully factored in all the debate reaction yet, although they did have a question about it. This poll was taken on October 26

I don’t think even the Democrat machine in Phillie can beat that. And of course it all raises this point.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm